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October 19, 2005

Boris on ID Cards.

Boris Johnson has a statement out on ID Cards.

"It is perfectly obvious that the Government intends these ID Cards to one day be made compulsory. I want to make it clear that I will in no circumstances carry one and even were I compelled to do so, I would take it out and destroy it on the spot were I ever asked to produce it. It is a plastic poll tax that will do nothing to assist the struggle against terrorists and will hugely expand the powers of the state over the individual".

Fortunately, being non-resident, I won’t be issued with one but I’m right there in principle.

We might also note, from Boris’ own paper, a comment from the debate yesterday:

He quoted from the manifesto, which said: "We will introduce ID cards, including biometric data like fingerprints, backed up by a national register and rolling out initially on a voluntary basis as people renew their passports."

Mr Gerrard said that, as the Bill was written, anyone applying for a "designated document" would have to allow their details to be entered on the new national identity register.

Ministers have already indicated that a passport would be a "designated document" and Mr Gerrard said driving licences or firearms certificates might also be designated by the Government.

Mr Gerrard said his amendment would give anyone applying for a passport the option of putting their details on the national ID register instead of making it compulsory.

Looks like it already is compulsory.

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You will get one with your new passport. At a nice fee of £90. Enjoy.

Posted by: Monjo | Oct 20, 2005 3:33:50 PM